[IWA 2022] The Detonics Gladiator 50 Caliber Black Powder Derringer

Luke C.
by Luke C.
[IWA 2022] The Detonics Gladiator 50 Caliber Black Powder Derringer

Detonics is a company known for making a variety of shotguns right from the Czech Republic. Since the Czech Republic is one of the few European countries that codifies their citizen’s right to keep and bear arms for the purposes of self-defense, it is no wonder that Detonics has rolled into IWA 2022 with one of their newest and most interesting self-defense weapons – the Detonics Gladiator 50 caliber black powder double-barrel derringer pistol.

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[IWA 2022] The Detonics Gladiator 50 Caliber Black Powder Derringer

The Detonics Gladiator is a modern double-barreled percussion pistol that is specifically designed for self-defense purposes. While most other derringers out there make use of self-contained centerfire cartridges, the Gladiator line of pistols makes use of black powder propellant, percussion caps, and of course the 50 caliber projectile of your choice. What makes these unique for the citizens of the Czech Republic is that these black powder derringers do not require a firearms license to obtain and are available for purchase to any person over 18-years of age who lives in the Czech Republic.

[IWA 2022] The Detonics Gladiator 50 Caliber Black Powder Derringer

In addition to percussion caps, the Detonics Gladiator can also make use of W209 shotgun primers in tandem with the powder and projectiles. The loading procedure is similar to any other type of black powder rifle in that the powder and projectile are loaded via the muzzle, and the primer or percussion cap is placed into the back – this makes the gun ready to be carried for self-defense. Detonics has included several safety features that make it extremely safe and reliable to carry. First, the pistol’s trigger is double-action-only and features a longer than normal trigger pull, meaning there is no need for a manual safety. In addition, the construction of the firearm also completely covers the primers and features spring-loaded firing pins to keep the pistol from accidentally sending a 1/2-inch slug through your femoral artery.

[IWA 2022] The Detonics Gladiator 50 Caliber Black Powder Derringer

The Detonics Gladiator 50 Caliber Double Barrel Black Powder Derringer is available now through Detonics distributors in Europe and costs about €600 depending on the model selected. At the time of writing, Detonics is currently in talks with the ATF hoping to be able to import these pistols into the United States where it is likely that they would be treated similar to other black powder guns.

If you’re interested in learning more about Detonics’ line of black powder derringer pistols you can visit www.detonics.com. Be sure to stay tuned to The Firearm Blog, TFBTV, and TFBTV Showtime to check out all the new and interesting guns from IWA 2022 and much more.

Luke C.
Luke C.

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  • Ed_Gruberman Ed_Gruberman on Mar 09, 2022

    So it's a muzzle loading DoubleTap. Just saw a DoubleTap in 9mm for $250.

  • Clarence 13X Clarence 13X on Mar 21, 2022

    This is so frustrating. I’ve wanted one since 2019. I’d even accept an American knock off at this point. I’d use some .50 red hots instead of loose powder.

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